I remember Sir Hermann and what a privilege it was to have him be one of my most important scientific advisors. I conferred with him about everything; about all my scientific tasks and construction in Saudi Arabia.
Between us we had a working relationship of mutual respect, and it was he who insisted that I join the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge.
Sir Hermann encouraged me when I mentioned that I was afraid that my knowledge of mathematics and physics was insufficient for enrollment to a position at such a high level. I asked him, Do you think that I can succeed in this area? He replied simply, saying: If you put your head and enthusiasm into any project or direction you will succeed, regardless of the topic.
This encouragement worked like magic as a link between what I knew as an engineer especially in the science of «chaos» which I had the honor of participating in the founding of, and particle physics, which I knew somewhat about.
In all my relations with Sir Hermann I always felt his respect for the history of the Arabs in astronomy, which I well knew. In addition he loved me without any racial hatred even though he was adviser to the Israeli government in affairs of science and defense.
To some extent, in the debate between me and this great man, he arrived at the conviction that the Arab-Israeli conflict is one of ignorance and greed, and that religion is used only in service of ambitions tied to that ignorance and greed.
Let me think back now to when I was working toward a PhD in applied mechanics at University College London in England.
There was at this time a distinguished Scottish professor named Alastair Walker [Professor Alastair C. Walker (Emeritus Professor), Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, from University of Surry. See bottom of page].
Walker shared the concerns of many engineering non-specialists. If time allowed he said I should read a new book on the science of complex systems by Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine. [finally!] This was the first time I heard the name of this great man who was the first to consider my physics and quantum mechanics theory, outside of engineering. Of course he was of Jewish origin, but he rejected religion and all forms of racism, including Israeli racism. Let's follow this issue tomorrow.
Zahy notes the following:
El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Monday August 23, titled as Philosophy of Sir Hermann Bondi. As usual the great man drops names. You will find the name of Alastair Walker, but who is Alastair Walker, one can find the answers on FQXi-395 due to El naschie's sock-puppets (or most probably El naschie himself).
G. Carroll wrote on Nov. 21, 2008 @ 21:21 GMT
If you want to know who is or who was Mohamed El Naschie then your best bet is to ask Prof. Alastair Walker. Prof. Walker was a member of the stability research group in University College, founded by Lord Chilver. He wrote the introduction to Prof. El Naschie’s book on Stress, Stability and Chaos published 1990 by McGraw Hill. I think Walker was his thesis supervisor. [I think Barta was his thesis advisor. Walker could have been on the thesis committee. --Jason] Walker was last the Dean of Engineering in the University of Surrey. It is simple if you want to know the truth but of course, those who are asking these questions, do not want to know the truth.
El Naschie in that comment in FQXi might be using name of real existent one (G. Carroll). [Interesting, but unfortunately, G. Carroll is surely a very common English name. --Jason]
Shrink found this important quote from our Lisi archive This surfer is no Einstein. It connects Thomas Barta and Hermann Bondi. There are a few words missing because of a problem with the original PDF but the meaning is clear.
I was once present at a meeting with Sir Herman Bondi, Prof. T. Barta and at the time El Naschie resided over the meeting and Bondi was a honorary scientific a government connected to the part of the word where El Naschie the meeting, El Naschie asked Bondi if he could change his career from a Professor Engineering to a philosopher. Bondi responded by telling him that he could wanted and he will succeed beyond belief because of his enthusiasm and love knowledge.
Posted by Janet Foster on March 26, 2008 7:05 PM
I think Janet Foster = Mohamed El Naschie.